Two Practices for a Micro-Training Idea

The microcosmic orbit (小周天), or small circuit, is a rather simple and easy breathing exercise for meditation and concentration to cultivate the flow of qi along particular energy paths in the body.

How tai chi can improve balance in aging persons

Our ability to walk and stand and move in all the ways that we do relies heavily on our sense of balance. For some time now research has been finding that tai chi can improve postural stability, especially as we age. Harvard University is particularly focused on such research, much of which is discussed in…

I like getting questions in class

“Every time we ask a question, we’re generating a possible version of a life.” – David Epston Questions in tai chi group practice give me something tangible to relate to. They challenge me to delve into knowledge immersed just below the surface, waiting to emerge and bring light to a topic of interest. They bring…

Another article on research about research on tai chi

"Falling is the primary cause of traumatic death for older adults, and more than 17% of older adults report between one and five falls in the past three months. The problem seems to be getting worse." More research of research on tai chi. There seems to be a steady stream of it for sometime. This…

Refining Tai Chi: Bring in Life

When you practice, you're not just moving the body, you're bringing life into it. By circling the eyes, for example, you're freeing them up from stagnation and decay (atrophy), and allowing them to serve as "gates" (men) through which energy may enter the body. Think of tai chi this way.